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James Holl


Professor Emeritus of Art


Art and Art History





James Holl is a graphic designer, digital illustrator and fine artist who has been practicing professionally in New York City for over 25 years. Since he founded James Holl Design Company in 1978, he has served a wide range of corporate, editorial, and non-profit clients. James Holl Design Company has designed and produced trade and fine-art catalogs, websites, corporate identity programs, national and trade advertising, packaging, brochures, magazines, annual reports, and book covers. Additionally, Professor Holl works as a set consultant and stylist for photography productions and his digital illustrations are represented worldwide by Getty Images.

Selected clients of James Holl Design Company include Adidas, Aetna, AT&T, Avon, Citibank, Chase Manhattan Bank, Chubb, Credit Suisse/First Boston, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Doubleday, Emerson College, Hill and Knowlton, Houghton/Mifflin, IBM, International Paper, JC Penny, JP Morgan Chase, Knoll International, March of Dimes, Marymount Manhattan College, Metropolitan Transit Authority, McGraw Hill, NYNEX, Newsweek, Random House, Scholastic Magazine, Sloan Kettering Memorial Cancer Center, The Asia Society, Abelow Sherman Architects, Stephen Bobbitt Architects, and PFC Corporation.

Professor Holl has exhibited his fine art work widely since 1978. He has mounted solo exhibitions with public institutions such as The New Museum, PS1 Museum, and Artists Space in New York. Most recently Holl exhibited his work at Photo District Gallery in New York City, The Catskill Mountain Foundation in Hunter, New York, and BCB Gallery in Hudson, New York. Additional selected exhibitions include The Seattle Art Museum, 1708 East Main Gallery in Richmond, VA, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Zone Gallery in Springfield, MA, and in New York City at Columbia University 55 Mercer Gallery, St. John’s University, Lehman College, Gotham Fine Arts Gallery, John Carl Warnecke Architects, OIA Police Building Gallery, Bill Bace Gallery, CB’s 313 Gallery, Trenkman Gallery, Soho Center for Contemporary Art, Public Image Gallery and 14 Sculptors Gallery.

Professor Holl was commissioned by JP Morgan Co., Inc., to create two series of fine art work. His most recent commission was an 8 ft. x 10 ft. site-specific artwork for the Omni Hotel Baseball stadium complex in San Diego, CA. A previous commission by Creative Time asked Professor Holl, along with architect Elizabeth Diller and performance artist Kaylynn Sullivan, to create a site-specific installation for Art on the Beach which was subsequently featured in the book by Anita Contini, Insights/ Onsites, Visual Arts Program, National Endowment for the Arts, “Alternative Sites and Uncommon Collaborators: The Story of Creative Time,² published by Partners for Livable Places, Washington, D.C.,1984. James Holl has been a member of the faculty at MMC since 1997. He has previously taught at The School of Visual Arts, St. John’s University, Marymount Tarrytown, and Jersey City State College.


B.A., University of Washington
M.F.A., Columbia University

Recent Work


Catskill Gallery Association Artists Open Studio Exhibition, solo exhibition at Jim Holl Studio, Catskill, New York, September, 2009.
Danette Koke Fine Art, New York.  Group exhibition, Fall, 2009.

Author: Holl, Jim. “The Landscape Painter, An Autobiography 1974 Through 1994”. Milan, Italy: Charta Art Books, 2009. Print.

Faculty-Student Collaborations
Two Graphic Design Student Exhibitions mounted in the Corridor gallery, MMC, 2009 and 2010.

Professional Experience

College Service

Dean appointed member of the MMC Catalog Committee.
Member of Leaves and Fellowships Committee.
Member of the Hewitt Gallery Committee.

Other Professional Activities

Design and Production:
“The Landscape Painter, An Autobiography 1974 Through 1994”, Milan, Italy: Charta Art Books,  October 2009.
“Website for Sinai House” Sinai House is nonprofit providing shelter and services for the homeless, Washington DC, August, 2009.
“Capabilities Brochure and Poster for Sinai House” Sinai House is nonprofit providing shelter and services for the homeless, Washington DC, October, 2009.
“Identity program for Andrea Lowenthall Law” Andrea Lowenthall Law specializes in “Elder Law” New York, NY, May, 2010.
“Art Catalog for Kim Foster Gallery” for the exhibition of the photographer Susan Wides, New York, NY, June, 2010.
“Invitation announcement for Kim Foster Gallery” for the exhibition of the photographer Susan Wides, New York, NY, June, 2010.
Design consultation on websites:,,, Photoshop retouching  work on 8 susan wides photographs for solo show of wides ‘Art and Entertainment’, Kim Foster Gallery” New York, June, 2010.


Nugent Hall, Room 551